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Hoarder Trapped For 15 Hours After Belongings Fell On Top Of Her

Hoarder Trapped For 15 Hours After Belongings Fell On Top Of Her

A hoarder in Australia was left trapped for 15 hours after a pile of her belongings fell on top of her.

The unnamed woman, from Canley Vale, south-west Sydney, became buried under her stuff at around 10pm (local time) on Sunday.

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The woman was buried under her belongings for 15 hours. Credit: TNV
The woman was buried under her belongings for 15 hours. Credit: TNV

The woman - believed to be in her late 70s or early 80s - was too frail to free herself from the pile and spent the whole night trapped under the mound. Fortunately, a neighbour became concerned that they had not seen her and called the police at around 9.30am on Monday.

Officers found the woman covered in her possessions, but required assistance from fire crews to free her. She was ultimately removed from the heap at around 12.30pm after firefighters used hydraulic equipment to remove items from the pile on top of her.

Paramedics subsequently checked her for injuries and she was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition. The woman is understood to suffer from a pre-existing illness, according to the Daily Mail.

Pictures taken from the scene showed heaps of bags and boxes spilling out of the woman's garage and onto her lawn.

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Piles of boxes and bags were photographed at the scene. Credit: TNV
Piles of boxes and bags were photographed at the scene. Credit: TNV

A New South Wales Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "We received a call from the police at 9.36am and attended the home on Delamare Street.

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"Crews worked to clear the materials and uncovered the woman's head and torso.

"They used hydraulic equipment to remove the items before paramedics assessed her for crush injuries and freed her."

Earlier this year, another woman offered viewers an insight into the life of a hoarder on Channel 5 show Hoarders: Buried Alive In My Bedroom.

Sally-Ann, 47, revealed that she had let her life spiral out of control over the course of 17 years, accumulating so much stuff that her life became 'hell'.

Sally-Ann let hoarding ruin her life. Credit: Channel 5
Sally-Ann let hoarding ruin her life. Credit: Channel 5

She said: "I couldn't get to the toilet in time because I'd have to climb over all the rubbish so I started urinating in bottles.

"The cats were sleeping around me as well and they'd end up messing in certain corners of the bedroom. I created a hell basically to live in.

"I don't think it's that I can't throw stuff away - I can't be bothered to.

"I think it began when I moved in on my own. My place used to get untidy anyway, like everyone's does and then all of a sudden I had to put the bin out and I just thought 'oh my god'."

Thankfully, Sally-Ann's home is finally habitable - although it did take a total of four days to clear out a tonne of the rubbish she had accumulated.

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Topics: World News, Australia

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.